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Avenue Q

Avenue Q.   Musical. New Conservatory Theatre. Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, Book by Jeff Whitty. Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. Directed by Dennis Lickteig.

NCTC’s brings back Avenue Q, the crowd-pleasing Tony Award-winning production that’s packing em in at the Decker Theatre. The story of Princeton, a recent college grad with high hopes but no purpose is played out with puppets in a shabby tenement on Avenue Q. Besides the excellent score with songs like “It Sucks to Be Me” and Everyone’s a Little Racist”, the novelty of actors taking on the persona of the puppets they manipulate is fascinating and engaging.

Composer/Lyricist Robert Lopez knows how to please, having created both Avenue Q as well as The Book of Mormon. Irreverent and funny, Avenue Q speaks what we all feel through its whimsical puppet characters: Trekkie, a porn addict, Lucy the Slut, and Rod the closeted Republican. There’s a sweet love story and the search for the meaning of one’s life wrapped around the surreal tale of puppet life in NYC.

The night I went, we were treated to the Purple cast, one of two alternate night shifts. Brendon North, Juliana Lustenader, Venessa Vaccianna, Kyle Stoner, Audrey Baker, Scott DiLorenzo, Monica Ho were all wonderful in their roles. The brilliance of this show is watching both the puppets movements as well as the actor’s facial expressions as they deliver their character’s lines. Kyle Stoner, Brendon North and Audrey Baker excel at this feat. Kudos to Matthew Lee Cannon’s musical direction and Stephen Oremus’ orchestrations and arrangements.

Performance run thru Jan. 15th.   www.   415.861.8972

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